WASHINGTON (AP) — San Diego and new slugger Juan Soto repeatedly failed to return by way of within the clutch towards his former membership, and the last-place Washington Nationals beat the wild-card-chasing Padres 4-3 when the go-ahead run scored due to an overruled name on a play on the plate Saturday evening.
Playing their second sport since studying of Fernando Tatis’ steroid suspension, the Padres constructed a 3-0 lead thanks partly to solo homers from Manny Machado and Trent Grisham. But Yu Darvish (10-6) gave away that edge on back-to-back deep balls off the bats of Yadiel Hernandez and Joey Meneses within the sixth.
With Luis García on in reduction, Victor Robles, who got here into the day batting simply .229, smacked a single to proper, the place his good pal Soto performs, and César Hernández — who had three hits and a stolen base for the evening — raced dwelling from second base.
Soto’s throw reached dwelling simply as Hernández did — and the rapid on-field ruling was that the runner was out. But Washington challenged, saying catcher Austin Nola blocked the plate, and the enchantment succeeded, which means the run counted and the Nationals snapped the 3-all tie.
Padres supervisor Bob Melvin got here out to argue with crew chief Paul Emmel, even strolling over to step on the plate whereas making his level, and ultimately was ejected. That got here hours after Melvin reached out to Tatis for a telephone dialog a day after the All-Star shortstop was banned for 80 video games — which means he’s gone for the remainder of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 — after testing constructive for a performance-enhancing drug.
The Padres left 12 runners on base, together with two within the first inning and the bases loaded in each the second — when Soto, traded from Washington on Aug. 2, lined to proper — and the seventh.
Soto, traded by Washington to San Diego on Aug. 2, was greeted by an prolonged spherical of applause when he stepped to the plate as the sport’s second hitter towards Aníbal Sánchez. He stepped out of the field and raised his helmet to acknowledge the followers.
Soto walked in that plate look and once more within the eighth. He additionally produced a run-scoring single within the fourth that made it 3-0 after Machado’s twenty first homer and Grisham’s fifteenth.
Sánchez, a member of the 2019 World Series champions in Washington who missed all of final season, has now given up 10 homers in six appearances this 12 months. He allowed three runs in 5 innings Saturday.
Washington’s Kyle Finnegan (4-2) threw a scoreless seventh, and Carl Edwards Jr. labored the ninth for his second save of the season.
Nationals DH Nelson Cruz had two singles to lift his profession hit complete to 2,000.
WHAT A START
Meneses now has 5 homers in 9 profession main league video games — the 30-year-old made his debut on Aug. 2. Since 1901, solely Trevor Story, who hit seven homers in his first 9 profession video games with Colorado, has placed on a larger energy show in that span to start out an MLB profession, the Nationals mentioned, citing Baseball Reference.
Padres: C Jorge Alfaro (sore proper knee), who hasn’t performed since Monday, went by way of a exercise and caught some pitchers’ bullpen periods. Melvin mentioned he’s “encouraged” that Alfaro will be capable of catch Sunday.
Nationals: SS Luis García was out of the beginning lineup with a strained left groin, a day after leaving within the eighth inning. Ildemaro Vargas slid over from third base to shortstop on Saturday, and Maikel Franco performed third. … LHP Patrick Corbin threw a bullpen session Saturday and is scheduled to start out Tuesday. … RHP Erick Fedde (15-day IL; proper shoulder irritation) is anticipated to make a rehabilitation begin at Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. … LHP MacKenzie Gore (15-day IL; left elbow irritation), a part of Washington’s return for Soto within the take care of the Padres, took 25 throws from 75 toes Saturday.
The groups wrap up the three-game sequence with San Diego sending LHP Blake Snell (4-6, 3.96 ERA) to the mound towards Washington RHP Paolo Espino (0-4, 4.04).
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